Identifying and Responding to Antihunting Sentiment

We compared Texas antihunters with hunters and neutrals in terms of 8 demographic characteristics, their views on 6 reasons for hunting, and opinions on 7 environmental statements. Antihunters were nearly indistinguishable from neutrals in demographic characteristics, levels of opposition to hunting, and environmental opinions. Membership in or desire to become a member of an antihunting organization does not necessarily identify an antihunter as evidenced by a measurable degree of antihunting sentiment among neutrals. Antihunters differed from hunters more in terms of demographic characteristics and all reasons for hunting than in environmental opinions. We offer 3 responses to address antihunting sentiments including: telling the real story about hunting and hunters, incorporating wildlife management education into public school curricula; and training hunters in ethics and public relations.

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